By: Charles Ramos Jr.

Greetings sports fans and welcome back for yet another thrilling action-packed episode of Vegas Valley Sports Beat. The crazy little column that is not just an adventure, it’s a job. This episode is being brought to you by generous amounts of caffeine, medical marijuana, and the letters A through Z.

It is another picturesque but swelteringly hot day here in the Las Vegas Valley region but it comes with the territory. We are now just two days away from the first day of September and the daytime temperatures should be cooling off within the next two weeks. I said it ‘should be’ so if they should fail to do so, all I can say is don’t blame me, I ordered global cooling.

That being out of the way let us turn our attention now to Las Vegas and the Latin Grammy Awards which is coming once again to the MGM Grand Gardens Arena on November 14, 2019. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the annual Latino music award ceremony which the Academy is commemorating by changing the color of its logo, designed by Blanco-Lorenz, from red to platinum.

Latin Recording Academy President and Chief Executive, Gabriel Abaroa Jr explained the reasoning behind the color change in a statement for the record, “In addition to symbolizing successful music sales, and having long, historic ties to Latin America, platinum is known for being a malleable metal, more ductile than gold or silver, and a chemical catalyst.

Jorge Drexler took home the top honors at last years ceremonies in the categories of song, singer-songwriter, and best record, while Luis Miguel took home two awards for best ranchero/mariachi album, and album of the year. Columbian Recording artist, J Balvin earned eight nomination nods but won only one award for his album “Vibras” in the category of urban album.
The list of Latin Grammy nominees for 2019 will be announced on September 24th and the awards ceremony which will be televised live on the Univision Network will begin at 8 pm Pacific Standard Time following a one-hour long pre-show warm-up show. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the MGM Grand Gardens Arena box office.
I have attended numerous main events at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Gardens Arena and I can honestly say that all attendees will be able to enjoy the show no matter where they are seated.

20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards 2019

3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Thu, Nov 14, 2019 – 5:00PM

Doors Open: 3:00 PM
Onsale: Wed, Aug 14, 2019 – 10:00AM PDT

Doors close at 4:45 PM

Black Tie Dress Code Strictly Enforced

MGM Grand Garden Arena
Special thanks to the management of the MGM Grand-Las Vegas, and the Latin Recording Academy for the use of these images, and for whom all rights are reserved in perpetuity.
Charles Ramos Jr.